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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470748281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470748282
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. She is also a 2010 Senior TED Fellow who is establishing an alternative approach to sustainability that couples with the computational properties of the natural world to develop a 21st century production platform for the built environment, which she calls 'living' architecture.

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Throughout the ages architects have attempted to capture the essence of living systems as design inspiration. However, practitioners of the built environment have had to deal with a fundamental split between the artificial urban landscape and nature owing to a technological ′gap′ that means architects have been unable to make effective use of biological systems in urban environments. Protocell Architecture is an edition of AD that shows for the first time that contemporary architects can create and construct architectures that are bottom up, synthetically biological, green and have no recourse to shallow bio–mimicry. In the next few decades, synthetic biology is set to have as much, if not more, impact on architecture as cyberspace and the digital. The key to these amazing architectural innovations is the Protocell.

About the Author

Neil Spiller is Head of the School of Architecture & Construction at the University of Greenwich, London. Director of The AVATAR Research Group, he was previously Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory and Vice Dean of the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London. He is on the Editorial Boards of Architectural Design and Technoetic Arts magazines. He lectures around the world and his work has been exhibited and published worldwide. He is a visionary architect and has an international reputation as an innovative architect, critic, theorist, teacher and author.

Rachel Armstrong is a medical doctor, author, AVATAR Researcher and Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Peskett on 22 Feb. 2013
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Protocell promises to push architecture into a new direction from the molecule to cell design to the manufacture of the breathtaking, especially when viewed and augmented through the surrealist lens. The architects and scientists in this AD edition took up that challenge. I have to admit, I was really looking forward, to reading this edition of the AD, with Neil Spiller, once more, as one of the guest editors and contributors. I must first mention that I am still in two camps whether this edition actually reaches the same heights in ambition and execution as the AD editions of Architects in Cyberspace 1 & 2, which in my opinion herald in new innovative knowledge and synthesis of understanding of perception and materiality from a philosophical perspective. On the reverse of this AD edition it says "...architects have been unable to make effective use of biological systems in urban environments." This is undoubtedly the crux of the problem. How can architects use the sciences, as system designers, reconfiguring the existing chemical and biological worlds to design and build structures from scratch, which can grow and/or evolve (with the possibility of removing the builder from the equation) and/or designing and implementing nano based systems within existing structures to increase their performance and/or improve the longevity of obsolete materials? The narratives are advocated well, throughout this AD publication, except for one passage which appears to be, on the surface, slightly disjointed from the rest, namely (Authorship at Risk: The Role of the Architect by Dan Slavinsky). This section is more closely related to a hidden debate of patent and intellectual property rights of architects in this early field of investigation.Read more ›
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